Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Steve Martin-Edie Brickell Musical Headed to Kennedy Center for Broadway Tryout


Good news. “Bright Star,” the Steve Martin-Edie Brickell musical is headed for a run this winter at the Kennedy Center. The musical is set for December 2nd- January 10, 2016. If the show hits, Broadway will be the next logical move for Tony season.

Walter Bobbie, a Broadway favorite, will direct the show. “Bright Star” had a great run in San Diego last year, with Peter Asher producing the music. Steve, of course, everyone knows very well. Edie is also Mrs. Paul Simon. But before that successful run, Brickell was an estimable pop star with her own hits and great albums.

“Bright Star” is a totally original show, much like Sting’s “Last Ship” was this season. Casting hasn’t been announced yet for “Bright Star” but my guess is that producer Joey Parnes will have to bring in a star to make the show work. That’s what’s driving sales for “Finding Neverland” right now. A great score alone won’t work.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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